Accession Number : AD0454627


Title :   TIME SAMPLING AS A FIELD TECHNIQUE,


Corporate Author : DUKE UNIV DURHAM NC


Personal Author(s) : Brookover, Linda A ; Back, Kurt W


Report Date : Dec 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 21


Abstract : Three methods of data collection have traditionally been used to investigate human behavior in a social situation: interviewing, participant observation, and the small groups experiment. Each of these methods has been subjected to criticism and has fairly serious disadvantages. A time-sampling method of data collection is proposed to yield a more representative, economical method for measuring communication as it occurs and a pilot study was conducted. A simple checklist questionnaire designed to determine what a person was doing at a predetermined time was used on a sample population of Duke University student nurses. After the experimental period the method was tested for conciseness, accuracy and feasibility. It was determined that the questionnaire was an efficient way to obtain data, and give a comprehensive and representative picture of what sophomore nurses are doing. (Author)


Descriptors :   *HUMANS , *TIME , BEHAVIOR , SAMPLING , GROUP DYNAMICS , NURSES , PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , SOCIAL COMMUNICATION , SOCIOMETRICS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE